Daily Archives: February 12, 2013

A Berkeley police officer was sent to hospital with injuries after being attacked by a dog while executing a search in Richmond at around 3:18 p.m. today, according to BPD.

In a release, BPD said that BPD officers assigned to the Special Enforcement Unit were executing a search warrant in Richmond on the afternoon of Feb. 12. “BPD officers were confronted by three pit bulls belonging to the resident,” reads the release. “One of the dogs attacked a BPD officer, biting the officer in the arm while another dog attempted to assist in the attack. Both dogs were shot and killed. The officer was subsequently treated for their injuries and released from a local hospital.”

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The Berkeley Wire: 02.12.13

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One year on, still no arrest in shooting of Kenny Warren

Kenneth Warren
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More than a year after the fatal shooting of Kenneth Warren Jr., bullet holes still riddle the front wall of the Berkeley home where he was ambushed after he left his uncle’s barbershop to watch a basketball game at the home of a friend.

Warren was gunned down in a rain of bullets by unknown assailants who were believed to have been lying in wait for him to emerge from the Shattuck Avenue shop, just south of Emerson Street near Ashby Avenue. Witnesses said the father of five was shot while he knocked on a friend’s door, and that the killers unleashed more than 80 bullets during the murder. They started from a distance, then walked up to Warren’s collapsed body and discharged the last of the ammunition into him at close range.

The January 2012 murder of the 35-year-old family man remains unsolved, despite a $15,000 reward offered by the Berkeley Police Department for information leading to the arrest and conviction of his killer. Bay Area Crime Stoppers has offered an additional $2,000 in connection with the case.

This year, on the anniversary of his death, on Jan. 26, roughly 60 people came together at Shattuck and Emerson Street to remember him. Family members and childhood friends held hands, shared memories, lit candles and prayed, and one of Warren’s uncles sang several songs for those who had gathered. … Continue reading »

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Work starts on new Berkeley Art Museum, to open in 2016

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Construction work has begun on the new Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive which, all things going well, is slated to open in the summer of 2016, bringing bold contemporary architecture into the heart of Berkeley.

The UC Berkeley-owned museum, which includes the Pacific Film Theater, has raised $95 million worth of pledges towards the $100 million goal it needed to create a new home on Center St. at Oxford, the site of a former printing plant owned by the university. The new BAM/PFA is to be designed by New York firm Diller Scofidio + Renfro, architects of New York’s High Line and several museums, including the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington D.C.

BAM/PFA has been planning to move since 1997 when it was determined that its current building on Bancroft Way — built in 1970 and designed by Mario Ciampi — did not meet present-day seismic standards. It cannot be upgraded without eliminating open exhibition spaces required for the galleries.  … Continue reading »

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Big Screen Berkeley: 56 Up

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“Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man.” This Jesuit motto was taken to heart by the producers of Granada Television’s 1964 documentary, Seven Up!, no doubt because its premise of predestination dovetailed so comfortably with their assumptions about Britain’s enduring class system.

Almost fifty years later, the premise has, in some respects, been borne out. The privileged children of the early sixties became lawyers; the working class children drive forklifts and taxis. But the Up series (continuing with 56 Up, opening this Friday, February 15th at Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas) also provides evidence that, while the class system may not have crumbled, its constraints have loosened somewhat over the last half century. … Continue reading »

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Perfect for Valentine’s Day: Rosewater cupcakes

Rose water buttermilk cupcakes (25)
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When I recently came across candied rose berries at a favorite market of mine, I couldn’t help but stop in my tracks. The pastel pink beads sparkled with sweetness, and their scent was alluringly delicate and floral. Immediately inspired, I decided that these candies needed a dessert to both match and celebrate their exquisite qualities.

I could already see the cupcake crowns awaiting them in a delicious and dainty future. I wanted to be sure to avoid making the kind of pungent rose fare that can evoke perfume or soap, so I decided to pair rosewater with buttermilk, adding lemon to heighten the buttermilk’s creamy tang.  The resulting batter was just what I’d hoped for: a welcome hint of rose in an all-around delicate dessert. … Continue reading »

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Suspect in 2011 Berkeley shoot-out killed in Oakland

Berkeley police investigate Dec. 23, 2011 shootings on Sacramento Street. Photo: Frances Dinkelspiel
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A 17-year-old Berkeley man who was allegedly involved in a five-way shoot-out on Sacramento Street in December 2011 was killed Saturday in another shoot-out in Oakland.

Tyler Frank Jamison, a former B-Tech student who lived on Hearst Avenue, was shot to death on the 4000 block of Quigley Street in the Laurel District of East Oakland, according to the Oakland Tribune. He was caught in a crossfire of bullets that erupted between two groups of people around 10:30 p.m., police told the Tribune. The firefight may have been gang-related. … Continue reading »

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